You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I picked it up because it was available at the library. I found that it had a lot of good information in it.

One of the things that I loved was that the author made it clear that this is her opinion, and she is not speaking for all black women. Just herself. Also, when there came a time to tell the white person part of the story, she chose to have a white person write that part, since she felt she couldn’t give it justice.

Great information was given in a humorous way. I would definitely recommend this book.

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You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

32 Books You Need to Read This Summer (2019)

32 Books You Need to Read This Summer  has a few books that didn’t show up multiple times on the List of lists.  

I am posting this late, since all of these came out six months ago, or more.  It’s still a decent list, even though I edited it down.

Mostly Dead Things, Kristen Arnett (June 4)

Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed, Matthew Futterman (June 4)

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto, Suketu Mehta (June 4)

The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel, Julie Satow (June 4)

In West Mills, De’Shawn Charles Winslow (June 4)

Siege: Trump Under Fire, Michael Wolff (June 4)

Recursion, Blake Crouch (June 11)

Time After Time, Lisa Grunwald (June 11)

The Porpoise, Mark Haddon (June 18)

A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea, Don Kulick (June 18)

A Philosophy of Ruin, Nicholas Mancusi (June 18)

Big Sky: A Jackson Brodie Novel, Kate Atkinson (June 25)

The Gone DeadChanelle Benz (June 25)

Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human-Robot FuturesDavid Ewing Duncan (July 16)

The Wedding Party, Jasmine Guillory (July 16)

Speaking of Summer, Kalisha Buckhanon (July 30)

Chances Are…, Richard Russo (July 30)

A Particular Kind of Black Man, Tope Folarin (August 6)

The Remainder, Alia Trabucco Zerán (translated by Sophie Hughes) (August 6)

The Yellow House, Sarah M. Broom (August 13)

The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) (August 13)

How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi (August 20)

The Girl Who Lived Twice: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, David Lagercrantz (August 27)

Building Little Women

Building little Women

Writing the script for Little Women

I saw Little Women with my cousin last week. I had seen the 1949 and the 1994 versions many times. The 2019 version was a little different. It made me want to read the book, to see how the story really goes, since it didn’t quite tell the same story as the other two movies.

The above linked articles talk about the 2019 version, and how it was made. One shows the inspiration and the other is an interview with the screenwriter and director. They are both rather interesting.

There was a 2018 version that came out, but I didn’t see it. It was modernized, so it kind of turned me away from wanting to see it.

How to Read More

How to Read More

Austin Kleon, in the above linked article, talks about how to read more. I am always looking for times to read. Luckily for me, I have insomnia, so I get a lot of reading time between 2am and 4am. Here are a few tips from the author:

I do most of these, but I tend to finish a book once I am into it. If it’s for bookclub, then I will finish it, love it or hate it. I don’t actually schedule my reading time, it just kind of happens.

I would add one thing to this list: Turn off your TV! I record the shows I want to watch and then watch them at a future time, so that I am not just glued to the screen, watching nonsense I don’t want to watch. I only watch the nonsense I want to see.

The Elders on Occupation

The elders on occupation

The above linked article talks about the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz from the eyes of those who were there. Not a lot is written about the Occupation, but more and more people are talking about it and writing about it. I feel that it is a part of history, and we should be able to learn about it. I am glad that it is happening now, but it really shouldn’t have taken fifty years to get the information out in the open.